Why Build a Robot Cat?
by Aidee Ladnier
Thank you so much, Lane, for hosting me today. I’m going to talk a little about my new novella, THE BREAK-IN now available from Dreamspinner Press. In it, one of the main characters (besides the two men that fall in love) is a robot cat named Jeepers.
You might ask, why build a robot cat when you can just own a real cat–if you like cats at all. There’s a huge percentage of people that are dog lovers or just don’t like pets in general, on top of the pure cat haters.
But Jeepers, who looks like a black and white tuxedo cat, is more than just a companion in my story, THE BREAK-IN. He’s got several jobs.
He’s Forbes’s confidant, privy to his innermost thoughts via his journals on the house network. Jeepers handles security for Forbes’s house and laboratory. He’s also an inadvertant matchmaker, as well–it’s Jeepers that recognizes the younger version of Forbes’s lover, Oliver.
And he has one more function–Jeepers is the story McGuffin. McGuffins have a long literary history and I couldn’t resist creating a cute one with little white paws.
How does his McGuffin role play into the plot of THE BREAK-IN? You’ll just have read it to find out. Until then, here’s an excerpt:
About Aidee Ladnier
Aidee Ladnier began writing fiction at 12 years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee’s to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.
Author: Aidee Ladnier
Cover Artist: Christy Caughie
Blurb: Ten years ago, roboticist Forbes Pohle received a visit from time-traveler Oliver Lennox. “Wait for me,” Oliver said. Now a decade has come and gone, and Oliver has returned. However, Forbes never dreamed Oliver would reappear as the point man for a gang of technology thieves breaking into his lab. He finds the younger Oliver just as sexy and even more annoying; still, he must convince him their happily-ever-after is meant to be—but he only has the time it takes his robotic cat Jeepers to thwart the thieves to do it. After waiting so long, he could lose everything in the span of seconds.